{Monday Muse} Get that Gatsby Look Part II – The Faux Bob

Happy Monday, everyone!  We hope the sun shone wherever you were this weekend & that all the weddings were amazing for everybody getting hitched!

We hope you enjoyed the fabulous 20s inspired hair & make up tutorial on the blog on Friday from the super talented Love Moi Make up and Flamingo Amy Vintage Modern & Vintage Hairstyling? As if that beautiful tutorial wasn’t enough, we have another for you today! It’s all about getting that perfect bob and, if you have long hair, you don’t need to worry! Amy will walk you through how to create a faux bob in the 20s fashion and Emily will show you how to create the perfect make up to suit this look! You too, can be transformed from this:

before rosanna

..to this!

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How to… Create Dramatic Flapper Girl Makeup

This style is not for the faint hearted – I am not suggesting it is a wearable day to day look! However it’s great fun to try, and elements of this are still going strong today – smoky eyes, dark lips. Choose whichever elements appeal to you, and remember, strong makeup is trickier to execute, so practise makes perfect.

Step 1

This dramatic look is all about strong features and pale porcelain skin. Begin with a fair foundation and build to a full coverage by buffing on to the skin – I used Illamasqua Skin Base in shades 2 and 6 – I applied 6 all over the face and then blended a little of shade 2 around the centre of the face to highlight. Conceal any darkness under the eyes and any blemishes to ensure skin is flawless. Use a deep terracotta blusher in the hollows of the cheeks to define and sculpt.


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Step 2

Define the brows with a dark brown brow powder, overextending at both ends to really channel that Gatsby drama. Apply a cream base eyeshadow – for this look I’ve used plums and deep currant tones on both eyes and lips, so Illamasqua Liquid metal in Resolute was perfect for this.


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Step 3

Blend a deep matt brown and a little black shadow through the crease and wing out toward the corner of the brow. A contouring brush is great to help to find socket and get the right shape – try a No 7 Blend and Contour Brush, and remember to clean up any drop down under the eyes with a cotton bud dipped in makeup remover.

Step 4

Apply a dense black pencil to both the top and bottom waterline – I love Bare Minerals RTC liner in Midnight. Add two or three coats of black mascara, and a few individual lashes on the outer corners of the eyes for added volume. Use a deep burgundy lip pencil such as Mac Currant all over the lips, again exaggerating the cupids bow to really achieve that 20s lip. Finish with a slick of gloss and powder the skin to give a matt finish and keep everything in place.

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And, for the all important hair to go with this gorgeous look, over to Emily!

How to…create a 1920’s Faux Bob

Faux Bob

This is a great style to play with for those wanting to have a go at faking short hair! The bob was first very popular in the 1920’s and at the time women traditionally wore their hair long, so this was seen as a rebellious style, it’s difficult to imagine that now. I have worn this style myself on several occasions and always enjoy the look on people’s faces when they think I’ve cut my long hair off. Give it a go!

Step 1

Hair should be dry (ideally styling should take place 24 hours after washing). Spray your hair with a heat protector. I recommend Trevor Sorbie’s ‘Curl Constructor’. This will help to hold the curl as well as protect the hair.

Step 2

Use a small heated tong to curl all of the hair section by section working from the bottom to the top, leaving a section around an inch each side of the parting. Once you have curled each section pin it to your head to allow to cool.

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Step 3

If you don’t have a heated wand then you can use a tong here , but I have used a medium sized wand from Babyliss to create spirals that will eventually form waves on this last reminding top section.

Step 4

Remove the clips from the sections near the nape of the neck. Brush out the hair and then back brush this to create volume. Roll this under and pin into the base of the neck. This acts as a ‘sponge’ to create and secure the bob over. This does not need to be neat as it will be covered. Put in as many pins as you feel to make it secure.

Step 5

Brush out the pinned up curls section by section and secure to or under the roll you made at the nape of the neck. Once you get to the top section at the parting gently brush out the spirals to create waves and push them in to shape. To create a more defined wave use marcel wave clips as shown here. Spray with a strong hair spray to set the hair.

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Remove the marcel wave clips after around 10 minutes and spray with a final bit of hair spray.

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What an amazing transformation! I utterly adore this 20s look and will definitely be trying this one out at home! We’d also love to hear from those of you who try this & don’t be shy, share some pics too!

Remember, if you need any further advice or help with vintage hair or make up, these ladies are definitely the ones to help! Head over & check out their websites too!

Love Moi Make Up

Flamingo Amy


One thought on “{Monday Muse} Get that Gatsby Look Part II – The Faux Bob

  1. Wow!! That’s such an amazing look. I would so love the long hair to tie up and under for bobs when I felt like it. I’ll definitely be trying out the make-up and the curls as soon as I get a bit of time. Gorgeous. Great post! x

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